The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies will meet for the third time in three days, as they look to break up their split. The Rockies came out firing on Opening Day with a 8-5 win over Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw looked out of sorts on Thursday. He was tagged for 10 hits and 5 earned runs through 5.2 innings of work. With just 2 strikeouts on the day, it was not vintage Kershaw that’s for sure.
He got over his playoff demons last year, and on Opening Day for the 2021 campaign, Kershaw looked like the pitcher we typically saw in the postseason throughout his career. Jimmy Nelson didn’t help much out of the bullpen. Nelson allowed a hit, 2 walks, and 2 earned runs and pulled after recording just 2 outs.
It was a lackluster day for the Dodgers as they opened their title defense. However, the Dodgers responded last night in Denver with a 11-6 win. Justin Turner had a big night to give Trevor Bauer solid run support. Turner was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI at the dish. Bauer was strong early on, but regressed as the game progressed. He ended up leaving the contest after 6.1 innings of work with 4 earned runs scored.
Pitching at Coors Field is not an easy task, and Bauer, who pitched well, still gave up 4 earned after taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning. Charlie Blackmon and Ryan McMahon both recorded 2 RBI each to lead the Rockies at the dish. The Rockies have a lot of work to do this season if they’re going to make some noise in the NL West. This looks like a two-team race between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Both the Dodgers and Padres are stacked with talent, and it’s going to be tough on the rest of the NL West. I don’t see anyone competing, with the Rockies most likely aiming for a wildcard by default. Jon Gray is entering his seventh season in the major leagues, all with the Rockies. Gray has been a polarizing figure with the Rockies. He has been all over the place throughout his career. A couple of promising seasons, but otherwise, Gray has been inconsistent.
Gray is getting the starting nod for the Rockies on Saturday night at Coors. Walker Buehler has been a consistent option in the Dodgers’ rotation throughout his career as a starter. As a rookie starter in 2018, Buehler was on fire with a 2.62 ERA through 23 starting nods. He hasn’t been able to match that or do better, but still in fine form. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick on April 3, 2021.
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Things can go sideways in a hurry for a pitcher at Coors Field. As we found out last night, Bauer went from having a no-hitter to 4 earned runs on the board in an instant. Walker Buehler is coming off another productive season for the Dodgers. He only made eight starts, but held up well with a 3.44 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Through a full season in 2019, Buehler posted an ERA of 3.26 in 30 starts.
Buehler has been able to limit contact, but the Rockies have been able to take him long and score. That’s the problem with playing at Coors Field. A pitcher can have a good game, but still leave the hump with some damage inflicted against them. The Rockies are hitting .189 against Buehler, which is not sharp. However, they’ve hit 6 home runs and 19 RBI against him through 125 at-bats.
There are some guys in the Rockies’ lineup that have had a lot of success against Buehler, notably Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon is hitting .389 with a .425 OBP versus Buehler in 36 at-bats. He’s gone deep for 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Ramiel Tapia and Garrett Hampson have both been solid as well, with a .556 and .375 batting average through a combined 17 at-bats.
Buehler boasts an ERA of 5.12 and 1.55 WHIP career at Coors Field through seven appearances in Denver. If he isn’t on point, Buehler is likely going to get run support like Bauer received last night. Jon Gray has struggled mightily against the Dodgers. The Dodgers are hitting .322 with a .399 OBP against Gray in 125 at-bats. They’ve notched 22 RBI against Gray in 125 at-bats.
He is coming off his worst season in the majors. It was only eight starts, so it’s hard to say where the season would have gone for him. Gray posted an ERA of 6.69 and 1.44 WHIP last season. His form in spring training was a disaster, as Gray was throttled for a 9.90 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 10 innings. The total looks a run short here, with the OVER worth a look.